If you take a drive around Rockford tonight you'll probably notice that homes and businesses are already getting into the holiday spirit with their festive porch lights and decorative street lamps.

Isn't a little too soon? If you would've asked me this question last week, while the Cubs were still in the World Series and the election was still going on, I would've said, "yes." Let's celebrate Thanksgiving first, ok?

Well, things have changed a little and I think after the election has come to an end, we're all ready for a little joy and a big distraction in our lives. Why not let it be Christmas?

According to WREX, the CherryVale Mall is ready to help you with that as they welcome back Santa this Friday night. You and the family are cordially invited to meet him up upon arrival at 6:15 pm.